Foles rallies Eagles to end 8-game losing skid


Foles rallies Eagles to end 8-game losing skid

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) First-and-goal at the 1, trailing by five points with 2 seconds remaining.

Nick Foles walked over to the sideline during a time out to discuss Philadelphia's options with coach Andy Reid, confident he had the right play in mind to stop the Eagles' longest losing streak in 42 years.

``He called it, he wanted it, and he executed it,'' Reid said Sunday after Foles threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired to snap an eight-game skid with a 23-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ``He did a great job with it, so hats off to him.''

Foles threw for a pair of TDs in the final four minutes to overcome an 11-point deficit and give Philadelphia (4-9) its first win since Sept. 30. The Eagles have come from behind in all four of their victories, and their four wins by two or fewer points are a team record.

The third-round draft pick completed 32 of 51 passes for an Eagles rookie-record 381 yards and no interceptions. He was sacked six times, but withstood the punishment to also lead Philadelphia in rushing with three carries for 27 yards and a first-half touchdown that helped him build a 10-0 halftime lead.

Foles remained poised, even after Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and Doug Martin ran for a third score to seemingly put the Buccaneers in command midway through the fourth quarter.

``He has the potential to be a special quarterback in this league, and he's growing up right in front of our eyes,'' Maclin said.

Foles threw an 11-yard TD pass to Clay Harbor with 3:55 remaining, then led the Eagles on a 64-yard game-winning drive after the Philadelphia defense forced a punt with just under three minutes remaining.

In just his fourth start in place of the injured Michael Vick, the 6-foot-6 rookie set up the winning touchdown with a 22-yard completion to Jason Avant on fourth-and-5 to the Bucs 1. The Eagles scrambled up to the line and Foles spiked the ball, stopping the clock with 2 seconds left and giving himself a chance for one more play.

When Tampa Bay called time out to get its defense set, it gave Foles an opportunity to discuss the next call with Reid.

``We were on the same page. He trusts me, and that's big when you have your coach that trusts you in that situation,'' Foles said. ``I told him I was comfortable with the play and he said, `Let's do it.' The coaches were fired up.''

The young quarterback rolled to his right and found Maclin open in the side of the end zone, where the receiver made the catch going to his knees before being pushed out of bounds by cornerback Leonard Johnson.

The Philadelphia sideline erupted in celebration, however Reid and his players couldn't be sure the team's longest losing streak since 1970 was over until Maclin's reception was upheld by the instant replay official.

Foles kept the final drive alive with a 3-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Tampa Bay 31. It looked as though the Bucs might hang on before the rookie moved around to buy some time and keep Philadelphia's chances intact with his big completion to Avant cutting across the middle.

``Very special. Very humbling,'' Foles said of his first victory as an NFL starter. ``It's a great win, too, because we came back. We were winning, then we lost the lead. Guys stuck together.''

Tampa Bay (6-7) was impressed with Foles in the closing minutes, too.

``It's not easy to keep your poise when you're getting hit all day,'' Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. ``He did. He could have got nervous and he didn't. Sat in the pocket and made plays.''

Rookie Doug Martin rushed for 128 yards for the Bucs (6-7), who have dropped three straight games following a four-game winning streak that propelled them into playoff contention following a 1-3 start.

Freeman was 14 of 34 for 189 yards, including TDs of 1 yard to Mike Williams and 13 yards to Vincent Jackson, who had six receptions for 131 yards.

``Any time we lose, it's frustrating, no matter what the reason is,'' Freeman said. ``Philly just found a way to make more plays than us. Whether it was at the beginning of the game or down the stretch, it doesn't matter.''

NOTES: Tampa Bay held the Eagles to 29 yards rushing on 16 attempts. ... Avant finished with seven receptions for 133 yards and Maclin had nine catches for 104 yards. ... Philadelphia's Bryce Brown was limited to 6 yards rushing on 12 carries. ... Tampa Bay's 2002 Super Bowl championship team was honored at halftime. The Bucs beat the Eagles in the NFC title game that season.


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Week 3 has come and passed, and a new group of signal callers have become fantasy relevant. Gardner Minshew took the world by storm after dazzling on Thursday Night Football, Kyle Allen stepped in for Cam Newton and tossed four touchdowns, and Daniel Jones came from behind to lead the Giants to victory and made Dave Gettleman look like a genius for taking him when he did. 

As is common as the season begins to carry on, week by week, the waiver wire targets will become less and less intriguing, and backups will predominantly be the top adds.

However a new factor emerges that you can take advantage of. The second wave of the waiver wire. People in your league are undoubtedly growing tired of certain players on their fantasy teams after slow starts and will look to replace them this week. When the players they drop hit the waivers, you need to be in prime position to scoop them up. Then, the following morning or 24 hours after your claim is submitted, those transactions will go through. Stay on top of recent transactions throughout the week to stash a player you see long-term value in.

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Despite their playoff success, both Siegenthaler, Djoos still have something to prove

Despite their playoff success, both Siegenthaler, Djoos still have something to prove

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Jonas Siegenthaler has been here before. One year ago he looked like a lock to make the Capitals roster out of training camp. In fact, as the team prepared for the start of the season, he was told he had made the team. Then Tom Wilson was suspended and the Caps needed to clear cap space for his replacement. Thus, the waiver-exempt Siegenthaler was sent down to the Hershey Bears.

Siegenthaler eventually did get called up to Washington and played in 26 NHL games last season. He also played in four playoff games, eventually playing on the top pair next to John Carlson in place of the injured Michal Kempny.

Despite what he accomplished last season, however, clearly making the team for the start of the season means something to Siegenthaler.

“It's my goal,” he said. “I haven't had the chance to walk on the red carpet on opening night. I think that's pretty special and that's for sure one of my goals.”

With the Caps so close to the salary cap ceiling, however, Siegenthaler comes into camp knowing he will have to once again earn his spot on the roster.

Christian Djoos is in a similar position.

Djoos’ resume is longer than Seigenthaler’s as he played in 22 playoff games in Washington’s run to the Stanley Cup. He was not able to build on that momentum the following year, however, as he suffered compartment syndrome in his thigh and the resulting surgery kept him out from mid-December to early-February.

“Last year was a weird year,” Djoos said. “Injured, played, scratched. It was just a weird year so I need to be better over the 82 games.”

Though he denied the injury still impacted him after his return, Djoos did not look like the same player and played in just 45 games.

Djoos now faces an uncertain future with the franchise because of the cap.

“We all know the situation,” Djoos said. “It's nothing I think about. I'm here right now. I'm happy to be here and excited to get the season going.”

With only three more preseason games and just over a week of training camp remaining, both players find themselves in a similar position with higher expectations and having to prove they deserve a spot on the roster over the young prospects nipping at their heels.

“We have a couple of young guys who have played well,” general manager Brian MacLellan said at media day. “[Martin] Fehervary played really well in the rookie camp. He looks like he’s going to be a good player. [Alex] Alexeyev played good the one game and then got hurt. Those are good young players, good prospects. Siegenthaler has progressed well. I think he’s going to be a good player in this league and he should come in at a higher level this year than he has last year. I thought he finished up well. Djoos, we’re looking for a rebound season. I think the injury set him back, so it’s important for him to have a good camp and a good start to the year.”

“That's how it is, I think,” Djoos said. “It's a great organization, great young players. ... That's good I think that we compete for every spot. That's a good thing.”

When asked what they wanted to improve on for this season, both Siegenthaler and Djoos said consistency.

While the salary cap is tight, there is a possibility that both players make the final roster. If that happens, both will get time on the third pairing which will mean cycling in and out again as they did last season. The lack of consistent playing time can often lead to a lack of consistent play. Both players know that is not going to cut it this season.

Siegenthaler also said he has worked on improving his skating and he entered camp feeling more confident about his chances after last year.

“If you have confidence, you just play your game,” he said. “It just comes automatically so you've got to have a healthy confidence.”

Siegenthaler is certainly confident but also determined. He came oh so close to starting the season on the NHL roster last year only to see it slip away at the last moment. This year, he is determined not to let that happen.

“I want to walk onto the red carpet,” he said. “I'll do everything to be on the carpet.”